Next time you hear someone say that so and so is undergoing “minor surgery”, think twice. I am going under the knife on Friday at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket to have the posterior horn of the medial meniscus repaired in my left knee. Arthroscopic surgery. I’ve talked about it on the air so many times in regard to athletes, I almost felt qualified to perform it myself. It ain’t so minor when it’s you. I do have full confidence in my surgeon, although I’ve only met him twice. Would it be considered bad taste to draw a star on the left knee to make sure he operates on the correct one? I am clearly aging and although I’m in better shape today than I was a couple of years ago, the body can’t take the pounding that it used to. I tore the cartilage while refereeing a freshman basketball game at Portsmouth. Worst part was, it happened early in the game and except for my fellow official that day, I didn’t let on. I was content to let the coaches think I stunk or was lazy. Anyway, I never had surgery before so I don’t know how I’ll feel on Saturday. If I’m up to it, I’ll give you a full report. If not on Saturday, as soon as I can.
Caught the first exhibition game of the year on NESN Wednesday night as the Red Sox shut down a feisty Boston College team, 6-1. For the most part, the pitching was sensational. (it’s early I know) but everyone got the job done. Kris Johnson was the only Sox hurler to surrender any runs. It was great to see the likes of Michael Bowden, Junichi Tazawa and Randor Bierd in action. Jose Iglesias provided a bases loaded double in the skirmish. It was just a taste, but boy did it taste good.
This week on “PawSox Insider” I’ll be joined by Jim Callis, editor of “Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2010”. We’ll talk about the process of identifying the top 30 prospects in each organization and of course we’ll focus on the Red Sox future stars. Sportswriter Maureen Mullen will join me from Fort Myers where she is covering Spring Training for various media outlets. “P.I.” will air on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. on WHJJ Radio (am 920) You can also listen to it any time by logging onto pawsox.com.
Thanks to the Pawtucket Rotary Club for having me as their guest speaker on Thursday. I’ve been there several times before, but always with my pal Ron Johnson. This time I went solo. I know I didn’t look nearly as handsome as I do when I’m standing next to RJ.